The Mayor of Masaka City, Florence Namayanja, has heaped praise on government of Uganda and Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) for working to improve and develop infrastructure in the area.

Masaka City is currently implementing new road infrastructure projects worth Shs45 billion, for 8 kms which include Katwe bypass Birch Avenue, Alexander road and Hill road among others.

“I thank the government wholeheartedly for this funding which is greatly improving our infrastructure,” says Florence Namayanja, the Mayor Masaka City.

“Putting funds into proper use is our key focus. That is why we are having more kms of City roads being carpeted. We the political leaders are really putting an eye on our technical teams to ensure we perform,” Namayanja, told a stakeholders meeting following field inspection of new City roads in Masaka funded by the World Bank through USMID-AF.

Some of the roads under construction in Masaka City with the World Bank funding through USMID-AF Programme

“We now need maintenance funds to ensure that our streets are well lit. USMID has given us infrastructure which are roads. We need to improve on parking spaces so as to boost our revenues, the road furnitures need to be added and thus improve trade order in our city,” said the Mayor of Masaka City.

Masaka City Mayor, Florence Namayanja interacting with some of the contractors and officials of USMID-AF.

“These projects are a blessing to us. With the rainy season setting in, uniform and functional drainage systems are very important. This will help in ensuring longevity of our infrastructure,” she added.

Dr Isaac Mutenyo, the Programme Coordinator of the USMID-AF launded the contractors in Masaka particularly Ampas and China Wu Yi Co. Ltd for the progress and schedules being met.

Another road under construction in Masaka City with the World Bank funding through USMID-AF Programme

“Masaka City road infrastructure projects are moving on very well. It appears the main contractors will meet the end of the 2023 deadline. We encourage all other implementing cities and municipalities to work within agreed timelines,” Dr Isaac Mutenyo noted.

Among the roads are Katwe Bypass (0.6km), Baines Terrace (0.39km), Birch Avenue (0.11km), Alexander Road (0.47km) and Hill Road (1.4km).

He stated that the current nationwide inspections of the projects being implemented under the USMID-AF Programme by the new Cities and Municipalities will inform decisions for future possible funding for more infrastructure.

Joseph Walter Padde, the Commissioner Urban Development in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, pleaded with the contractors to ensure good work prevails.

“Can we do all it takes to deliver the best quality of work for Masaka City. This will enable the desired outcomes to be realised. Better infrastructure, improved business environment and standard of living,” Padde advised.

Mutesi Winnie

Mutesi Winnie is an award winning broadcast and multimedia Ugandan Journalist with experience spanning 10 years.

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